Another Cage Warriors trilogy is upon us and the Friday night headliner is one of the best fights you might get outside of the UFC. Paul Hughes will take on rival Morgan Charriere in the main event for the interim featherweight championship while Jordan Vucenic recovers from injury. With both men losing to the champion via split decision recently, this fight could not be any bigger for either fighter.
Hughes could very well be the top prospect coming out of Ireland at the moment. The Irishman’s record currently sits at (7-1) with the only loss coming in the aforementioned bout with Vucenic, which many believed he won. All but one of his victories have come by either knockout or submission and it is hard to see this main event going the distance either. He is well tested, training out of Fight Academy Ireland with the likes of Cage Warriors lightweight champion Joe McColgan and former UFC fighter Rhys McKee. Hughes has been calling for his fight with “Morgan Chapa” for the past 18 months and this Friday he will get his wish. If he wins this bout, it will set up a huge rematch with the champion Vucenic and then surely the UFC would be calling the Irish prospects name. With his finishing prowess and the relentless pace he puts on his opponents, it can be assured that this main event is not to be missed.
Charriere is probably the most supported fighter in all of Europe. His die-hard fans bombard every social media post or interview he has with his trademark pirate flag. His last outing proved to be a technical battle which led to a loss via split decision against Vucenic, although many people felt that he won this fight also. Charriere is fond of a flashy KO so he will be looking to do the same this Friday. He has finished two out of his three Cage Warriors victories via knockout, both coming in the third round. He is much more experienced than his opponent, with a record of (16-8-1). I’m sure his French army will be out in force on Friday and will be expectiing nothing less than a victory after a loss in his last appearance.
The bookmakers have the fight as impossible to call, with both men being priced at (10/11). I think many would agree with this as it impossible to see where one has the advantage over the other. With fans being back in the venue, and this high stakes bout headlining the card, Cage Warriors 128 is a card that is must-see television. You can watch it from 9pm on UFC Fight Pass.
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